Annual Partnership Survey
Each year, the Partnership Work Group surveys Alliance members to ensure our work as an Alliance is relevant, effectively engaging and empowering. The Annual Partnership Survey evaluates our ability to provide support, resources and information as well as increase connectivity and engage new stakeholders. The survey informs HCA's work and direction. We measure success by the feedback we receive about our ability to connect, convene and conserve in the Blue River watershed.
2020 Annual Partnership Survey
Heartland Conservation Alliance delivers value to your organization’s work by:
Facilitate sharing information between organizations and stakeholders
Helping my organization stay informed of issues and opportunities to protect natural resources
Convening stakeholders to accomplish more than what my organization could alone
Increase my organization’s access to additional resources and funding
Assisting with education and advocacy
What tools developed by Heartland Conservation Alliance are you actively using to advance your work?
Vacant Lot Mapping Tool
Blue River Action Plan
Honeysuckle Density Study
Flood Inundation Mapping
Blue River Report Card
Green Drinks Networking
Monarch Landscape Conservation Design Tool
33 surveys were collected between October 2020 and February of 2021. More than 80% of respondents reported that they agreed that HCA delivers value to their organization by facilitating and sharing information between agencies, helping their organization stay informed of issues and opportunities to protect natural areas, convening stakeholders to accomplish more than what their organization can do alone, and assisting with education and advocacy.
Question 9 asks: What tools developed by HCA are you actively using to advance your work? Of those responding, 60% are utilizing the newsletter, and 48% are utilizing the Blue River Report Card and Blue River Action Plan. This is a positive improvement from last year, but other tools are only being used by less than 35% of respondents. We noted that Alliance members thought their own organizations would benefit from the Monarch Landscape Conservation Design Tool and Honeysuckle Density Study, but were not aware HCA provided them until the survey.
We received suggestions for information sharing on carbon sequestration to help reduce climate change, lesson plans for teachers, and trail restoration updates. The suggestions also included education, training, volunteer mobilization on removing invasive species such as Winter Creeper, and advocacy to make sure people know about invasive species. We also received suggestions for ways to share information with area stream teams.
The Partnership Work Group will work to address the findings and to continually improve communication to HCA members of our tools, resources, and work. The Work Group is exploring ways to increase information and resources sharing. Stay tuned to further updates.
If you or your organization would like to be involved with the Partnership Work Group, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kind words from past surveys
"Keep up the great work. You are an asset to our city."
"We are incredibly grateful for the HCA support that helped make [our] programs successful."
"HCA has strategically chosen a geography to work in that aids this effort to have a collective impact."
"Thank you for the work you do!"
"I think HCAs work is extremely important and would love to see them build capacity on their work."
"I think HCA does a an awesome job at communicating among stakeholders about conservation issues."